Light rain, strong winds, and a dust storm or thunderstorm It could occur in parts of south and southeast Delhi, and parts of the NCR, including Gurgaon, Faridabad and Manesar, on Saturday morning, according to an update of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) at around 9am, which was released for the next two hours.
Saturday’s maximum temperature could dip below 40 degrees Celsius and stabilize at 39 degrees, according to IMD’s forecast. Dust storms or thunderstorms are still on the forecast for Saturday, after parts of Delhi saw strong winds, rain and lightning on Friday evening. During the past 24 hours, the Safdarjung meteorological station recorded 0.8 mm of precipitation, while the weather station in Palam recorded 2.4 mm. The weather observatory in Ayia Nagar recorded 3.3 mm of rain, while the observatory in Lodhi Road recorded 1.5 mm.
The cause of the wet wave is a western disturbance affecting northwestern India. In addition to cloudy skies and rainfall in Delhi from May 22 to 24, rain and thunderstorms are also expected in the Western Himalayas over the next five days. Isolated hailstorm cases likely over Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh on May 23. The maximum temperature over northwest India is likely to drop by three to five degrees over the next three days, according to an IMD bulletin issued on Saturday morning.
The lowest temperature recorded early Saturday at the Safdarjung weather station was 29.8 degrees Celsius, three degrees above normal.
On Friday, Delhi’s AQI was 266, in the “poor” category. Air quality is likely to remain in the “poor” category on Saturday, according to the Delhi Air Quality Early Warning System. Strong winds on May 21 and 22 that could raise dust over NCR, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, may affect air quality, according to forecasts released on Friday.
With wind and dust, PM10 levels were high in parts of Delhi on Friday evening. At the Anand Vihar monitoring station, the PM10 level rose to 889 mcg/m3 at 8pm on Friday, when the 24-hour norm is 100 mcg/m3.